We are thrilled to announce we will be going to Seattle for the 8th annual Ready by 21 National Meeting, April 23-25, 2019. We hope you will join us!


Children's Cabinet Networks

It’s well known that no single support or program is enough to ensure children and youth are on track developmentally, educationally, socially and emotionally.

Unfortunately, the manner in which rules, regulations and government structures are crafted makes it difficult for leaders to create and implement coordinated programs and services that address the comprehensive needs of young people. But there is much that can be done to simplify and untangle the patchwork of rigid polices and funding streams so they are more efficient and effective.
The Forum for Youth Investment’s policy staff work with federal, state and local leaders to assess and align government policies horizontally (i.e., across systems) and vertically (i.e., between levels of government from local to federal). Over the past 10 years, the team has increasingly trained their research, facilitation and advocacy skills on one task: promoting the art and science of policy alignment.
This work is anchored by our Children's Cabinet Networks, which bring together local, state and federal children's cabinets: policy coordinating bodies typically made up of the heads of all government agencies with child- and youth-serving programs who meet regularly to coordinate services, develop a common set of outcomes, and collaboratively decide upon and implement plans to foster the well-being of young people. We use "children's cabinets" as the catch-all term inclusive of policy coordinating bodies called commissions, councils, etc.,
The Forum's Children's Cabinet Networks include the Local Children's Cabinet Network (managed in partnership with the Education Redesign Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Children's Funding Project), State Children's Cabinet Network (managed in coordination with the National Governor's Association), and federal officials (such as those in the Federal Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs). 

The Children's Cabinet Networks offer:

  • eNewsletters of news and innovations by Children's Cabinets
  • peer-to-peer online meetings on topics identified by network members
  • publications on topics of interest to Children’s Cabinets
  • technical assistance, meeting facilitation and coaching
  • annual convenings (both within one level of government and across levels of government)


Read the 2017 Children’s Cabinet Network State Survey Report!